Union Pacific Railroad Invests Nearly $1 Million for Track Improvements to Its West Central Colorado Line
Omaha, Neb., March 05, 2012 Union Pacific Railroad will continue improving the transportation infrastructure in Colorado by investing nearly $1 million in the rail line that runs in the Grand Junction area. Crews will be stabilizing the railroad track banking along the Colorado River. The bank stabilization project will begin March 12 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of May.
Before the stabilizing project can begin, Union Pacific will undertake a significant cleanup of an area in Grand Junction known as "The Point", located at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. The cleanup effort will include removing trash and debris that have collected in the vicinity over the years. The project will help address significant public safety concerns with the installation of a fence along the Union Pacific tracks in the area near the river.
Union Pacific is coordinating its cleanup efforts with several local government and non-profit agencies.
"There were persons living illegally next to the railroad trackbed along the Colorado River in Grand Junction, and they put themselves in danger each time they would go to or from their shelters," said Jay Everett, general superintendent – Denver Service Unit. "Persons either had to cross the 740-foot railroad bridge or scale down a nearly 150-foot high embankment, then cross the tracks to gain access to this prohibited area."
Union Pacific worked with the Grand Valley Coalition for the Homeless to relocate those that formerly living in the area along the railroad track.
"We're working with the homeless folks who had been living in the area to find safer, better, longer-term solutions for them," said Gi Moon, executive Director of HomewardBound of the Grand Valley, which runs a local community homeless shelter. "This effort is consistent with our coalition's 10-year plan, and helps to address an identified need regarding chronic homelessness in our community."
"We will continue to collaborate with Union Pacific and our local agencies to find long-term solutions to these issues," added Mollie Woodard, Chair of the Grand Valley Coalition for the Homeless.
Union Pacific plans to invest $3.6 billion in its rail network during 2012, supporting America's current and future freight transportation needs and enhancing the safety and efficiency of the railroad's 32,000-mile network.
Union Pacific's capital and maintenance program exceeds infrastructure spending of the state highway departments in 46 states. These are private investments, not taxpayer dollars.
Improved and additional rail capacity benefits everyone. It allows freight rail service to grow, helping to build a cleaner environment. Union Pacific can move one ton of freight nearly 500 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel, and, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, freight trains are nearly four times more fuel efficient than trucks. Motorists also benefit from reduced congestion on highways as a single Union Pacific train can remove up to 300 trucks off our roads.
About Union Pacific
It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America's iconic companies, today, Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America's infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.
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